Nanda Lau is a partner with Herbert Smith Freehills, an international law firm co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia. Lau is the law firm’s Shanghai partner.
Lau has been with Herbert Smith Freehills for 16 years. She joined the firm in 2002, working in its Hong Kong office. She has been based in Shanghai since 2005.
Lau has extensive experience advising Chinese and international clients on outbound investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, Chinese competition law issues, and general corporate and commercial matters across Asia, Australia, and Europe. She also regularly advises global clients on inbound foreign direct investments in China. Lau represents clients in infrastructure, aerospace, automobile, chemical, consumer goods, food and beverages, financial services, and real estate.
Some of Lau’s notable work includes:
Jaguar Land Rover’s joint venture with Chery Automobile Corporation in China;
Associated British Foods’ acquisition of sugar mills in China and the related People’s Republic of China (PRC) antitrust filing;
Norske Skogindustrier ASA’s divestment of China assets to Shandong Huatai Paper, a PRC listed paper making company.
Lau often speaks at seminars where she shares her market experience, forecasts, and legal expertise with clients. She also is the author of many of her firm’s publications and legal briefings focusing on the potential risks and challenges that may arise when doing business in China or specific regions.
Lau earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at the University of Cambridge in England, and she received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.